What is functional integrated needling (FIN)?
FIN incorporates dry needling techniques to decrease pain, increase range of motion, and improve muscle performance. Unlike traditional acupuncture that follows the meridians, this approach involves inserting needles into targeted anatomical structures which are the underlying cause of the musculoskeletal condition being treated.
What should you expect during FIN treatment?
The treatment protocol will involve the insertion of needles at various angles for the length of a few seconds up to 10 minutes. An average of 5-10 needles may be used in a single treatment session, and different techniques may be used to address the condition depending on the chronicity. All needles are single use only, and have been sterilized before packaging.
How does it work?
The insertion of needles causes controlled micro-injury to the area, resulting in increased blood flow where needed, a decrease in muscle and fascial tension, as well as neuromodulation of the nervous system.
What can it treat?
Some examples of conditions that can benefit from FIN treatment include the following:
- Rotator cuff issues of the shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tenosynovitis of the hand
- Tension headaches
- TMJ pain
- Sleep disorders
- SIJ dysfunction
- IT Band syndrome
- Osteo-arthritis of the knee
Please talk to your acupuncture provider if you have any specific questions or concerns about FIN treatment.